SA1155 | Ink-Stained Imp and the Pugilist Painter: Benjamin DeCasseres and George Luks

SA1155 | Ink-Stained Imp and the Pugilist Painter: Benjamin DeCasseres and George Luks

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Benjamin DeCasseres (1873–1945) and George Luks (1867–1933) were artists who grew up in Pennsylvania but would become irrevocably connected to their adopted home of New York City.
DeCasseres was a poet, journalist and legendary drinker. Luks was a painter, illustrator, former boxer and legendary drinker.
That they would become friends and frequent companions at some of the famous drinking holes in New York was inevitable, that they would collaborate on a book was fate. But fate also put the Ashcan School painter into a lethal drunken fistfight before that book could be published. DeCasseres lived for many more years, eventually having to give up drinking for his own health.
This booklet connects these two men by illustrating their work, and providing a glimpse into the nearly lost book that never was.

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